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The toyota country music festival is synonymous with the word party.

Mates? Tick.
Dancefloors? Tick.
Delicious food and cool drinks? Tick.
Music? Tick tick tick.

Come January the biggest names of the Australian country music industry will walk the streets and rub shoulders with the thousands of fans who make the pilgrimage through the sky, along the roads and click clacking on the train tracks, gathering for 10 sun-soaked days of anthems and a belter of a good time.

Here are our top tips for having the time of your life at the Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth:

Good ole’ fashion Pub Crawl

With over 120 venues taking part in the festival, it makes for one hell of a pub crawl. Our suggestions in close proximity to the CBD are The Courthouse Hotel, the Family Hotel, the Post Office Hotel, Joe Maguires Pub, the Longyard Hotel, the Oasis Hotel, the Southgate Inn, the Tamworth Hotel, and The Pub. You can check out the full list of venues here

Jump on the bus

No more scissors, paper, rock on who has to be designated driver for the night with the Festival Express! A bus service that runs at regular intervals for the full 10 days of the festival which lets you move from venue to venue with ease. Plus its cheap, buy a 10 day wristband for only $40 or $15 for a daily wristband, which gives you unlimited rides! Click here for more information on schedules

Ride ’em Cowboy

Get into the real country spirit with a trip to the AELEC for the ABCRA National Finals showcasing elite Rodeo and Campdraft action. P.S. Yes there are bar and canteen facilities available! Click here for more information

This is a place where new friends are made at the bar and old ones are embraced under the glinting Golden Guitar, where days are whiled away discovering exciting new talent and nights spent dancing on sticky pub floors and the cool grass of Bicentennial park under a velvet dome of stars.

This is Tamworth, and the Toyota Country Music Festival.